Man creates replica of bin Laden's compound from gingerbread

Jan. 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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FORT BRAGG, N.C., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An Army officer stationed in North Carolina revealed pictures of "Gingerbottabad," a replica of Osama bin Laden's compound made from gingerbread.

The Fort Bragg-stationed intelligence officer, who asked to be identified only as Steve "so I don't limit my career options," posted pictures on Twitter of his scale model of the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound that sheltered the terrorist leader until he was killed by Navy SEALs in 2011, the Military Times reported Thursday.

"Some people on Twitter said that's the most delicious sand table ever, and essentially that's what it is," Steve said of his creation.

He said he used four pounds of dough and it took him several days to assemble the resulting 63 pieces of gingerbread into a replica of bin Laden's compound.

"It almost felt like an operation," he said. "The research took a few days, I hemmed and hawed for a day or two over the scale and process. The baking took place in one day and all the assembly took place last night."

Steve said the replica includes plastic Army men and a model UH-60 to represent SEAL Team 6 and their crashed Blackhawk helicopter during the May 2, 2011, attack on the camp.

He said there is still some work to be done before the project is completed.

"To the east of the main house there's a garden where I understand [bin Laden] would walk," he said, revealing the garden would be made from coconut. "I'm probably going to break up the UH-60 model a little bit for the crash."

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